EMQ’s with CTHULU DREAMT

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EMQs with CTHULU DREAMT

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with USA/UK Djent/ Doom/ Death/ Prog project, Cthulu Dreamt. Huge thanks to their guitarist/vocalist, Reed Reimer, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

I’m Reed Reimer, and I play guitar and vocals (as well as other stuff) for Cthulhu Dreamt. I started the band with some friends in mid-2020 as a project to work on in Covid lockdown, and more importantly as concept to help me process my experience at having lost a child and dealing with loss, grief, and depression.

How did you come up with your band name?

I knew when it began that there would be a backstory to the project that was rooted in a science fiction and the Cthulhu mythos, so we tossed stuff around that’d make for a good metal band name, and also related to the story. Eventually, using the quote, ‘In His House at R’lyeh Dead Cthulhu waits dreaming, yet He shall rise and His kingdom shall cover the Earth,’ we took Cthulhu Dreamt as it was apropos to the thesis.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re from all over. I met a few of my friends who contribute to Cthulhu Dreamt through social media, so Jake is in Utah, Chris is in the UK, and the rest of us are in Minnesota, USA. The scene here in the Twin Cities of Minnesota is fantastic. There are so many bands here creating killer music, and because of the size of our city, we get most tours coming through here, so there’s always something new to listen to, or awesome bands to watch.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We’ve got a new single “TRACE Amounts of Death” releasing on August 5 from our upcoming EP: https://ampl.ink/CDTraceAmounts
The track is among our heaviest, though it still takes a journey and mixes genres, which is kinda what someone should expect when listening to Cthulhu Dreamt.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically, influences are so varied, but generally, anything that makes me feel something: Gojira, Mastodon, Deftones, Opeth, Imogen Heap, Igoorrr, Muse, John Powell, Animals As Leaders, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Regina Spector, Bad Religion, Lagwagon… so much stuff.

What first got you into music?

To be honest, the first instrument I ever played was the saxophone, and that’s because Lisa on the TV show The Simpsons played. But before that, my parents always had music playing, whether it was my mom’s 50’s bubblegum music, or dad’s classic rock: Zeppelin, Floyd, Rainbow, or Black Sabbath.
I think my love of music blew up when I first laid my ears on “Rust In Peace” by Megadeth, and “…And Justice For All” by Metallica. From there, I descended the rabbit hole to glory.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

I think Igorrr would be a trip to collaborate with. Their style is so rad to me, and I think we’d work well together. And if Igorrr isn’t available, Hans Zimmer could shoot us a call, LOL.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

In 2022 it’d be ArcTanGent… this way when we weren’t playing, I could go and watch some of my favorites!

Whats the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I haven’t gotten anything weird… yet. At least nothing I would consider weird.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

The message would be that I’m so grateful our music is meaningful to them, and I thank them for their support.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Dimebag Darrell.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love creating. Whether it’s music, words, videos, or projects with other people, the act of making things is my lifeblood.
On the flip side, I don’t really hate anything about being a musician per se, but it does become a slog sometimes. I love starting stuff, but working on them and bringing them across the finish line doesn’t have the same dopamine rush.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

If I could change one thing, it might be having the creatives get a larger share of the pie. I don’t know if it’d take much, but at fractions of a penny per stream, maybe a slightly bigger fraction would be okay?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

There’s a few, but one that consistently is in my tops is “The Shape of Punk to Come” by Refused. It just slays so hard, is a beautiful mix of sounds, and makes me feel good.

Whats best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

For practicality, downloads/streaming. For best experience: vinyl. CD for sound quality 100%.

Whats the best gig that you have played to date?

Cthulhu Dreamt, being a concept studio project, hasn’t played any shows yet, but creating the music video for ‘Change of Scenery’ was an awesome experience.

If you werent a musician, what else would you be doing?

Urban planning, or working on the railroad in some capacity.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

After friends and family, my backup dinner would be Dave Grohl, John Powell, Edgar Wright, John Scalzi, and Keanu Reeves. This would be predicated on the assumption that we would all be friends and stay in regular touch afterwards.

Whats next for the band?

We’ve got an EP releasing this fall, which will begin the momentum into the announcement and launch of the Cthulhu Dreamt TTRPG that we’re creating in collaboration with game studio Action Fiction. Combining an original game, novel, and sprawling original soundtrack, this is a massive project in the universe of Cthulhu Dreamt.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

https://cthulhudreamt.com
IG – @cthulhu.dreamt
FB – @CthulhuDreamt
TW – @CthulhuDreamt
https://cthulhudreamt.bandcamp.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Because I’m from the US, I had to look these up. From the picture, they look like a mini cake biscuit hybrid… but I’m going to side on cake based on how I imagine the texture.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for supporting the Cthulhu Dreamt project! We look forward to bringing you so much good stuff in the near future!

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EMQ’s With WAITING 4 APRIL

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EMQ’s With WAITING 4 APRIL

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with South African and USA collaboration project, Waiting 4 April. Huge thanks to Jesse and Colton for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Jesse: Hey, I’m Jesse and I play the drums for Waiting 4 April.
We’re actually a pretty new band, having formed in early 2021. I’m from South Africa, and I came across Colton’s (who lives in the United States) YouTube channel. I ended up sending him a message asking if he’d be interested in collaborating, and he was – so we started with a little acoustic project. It went well, and we became good friends throughout the process of video calls etc. and then decided to put Waiting 4 April together, sending files back and forth to each other over the greater part of a year, and ending up with the Photo Memory EP.

How did you come up with your band name?

Colton: Waiting 4 April means so many different things. Someone once told me they thought it was waiting for that true love in your life, another mentioned they thought it meant waiting for the springtime. I’ve always thought it was so cool how many different interpretations there are, but for me the meaning is much deeper. My younger brother Caden was born in the month of April. When he was conceived, they found that he had a terrible heart condition and the doctors estimated that he’d leave our family at an early age. He’s now 18 years old and doing amazingly well. Waiting 4 April basically means waiting for his birthday each year.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

J: As I mentioned I’m from South Africa, and I have to say even though the community is kind of small in comparison to other countries, the Metal/Rock scene is pretty solid. There aren’t a ton of bands or venues, but where it is, it goes hard. I can’t wait to get back out to the US and start touring over there though.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

C: Our debut EP “Photo Memory” just came out on July 1st, and we’ve seen a really great response. It’s available on all streaming platforms so definitely go check it out! We’re so stoked with how it turned out and we’ll be getting some videos out in the next couple months after I head over to South Africa to meet up with Jesse in October!

Who have been your greatest influences?

J: There’s too many to name. You’ll hear this EP is pretty dynamic from start to finish, but you can definitely hear influences from bands like Paramore, early Saosin, a bit of I See Stars probably. I think we homed in on the early 2000’s scene and kind of entangled it into the sound.

What first got you into music?

C: Definitely Kurt Cobain.I used to play guitar hero a lot as a kid and loved the song “Heart Shaped Box”. Made me want to learn every Nirvana song haha!

J: For me it was definitely Blink-182. I was obsessed. I wanted to sing like Tom and drum like Travis haha.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

J: Doing a song with Oli Sykes (BMTH) would be F-ing rad. I’d also love a collab with Devin Oliver (I See Stars) or Vic Fuentes (Pierce The Veil).

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

C: Oh man, bring back Warped Tour! There’s nothing better. You get to spend 2+ months touring most of the US with like 50 bands. You make tons of friends, connect with musicians, play to epic crowds… it’s just the coolest experience in the world.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

J: A box of cereal (Cinnamon Toast Crunch). Weird, but I wasn’t complaining.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

C: Not to sound cliche, but honestly if you have something you’re passionate about, just F-ing go for it man. Life’s too short to be weighed down by “what if’s”. We threw this band together in the middle of a pandemic, and now we get to make music for people all over the world. It’s been tough, but there are no regrets. So, if you want to do something and you’ve been putting it off… Stop, and just go for it.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

J: Freddie Mercury.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

J: I love being able to create. I have so many ideas in my head that I don’t know how to properly express, but the one place I really do know how to is with music.

What do I hate? How hard it is to get into the scene! And how streaming services stuff you on compensation haha. Stop being so stingy, Spotify!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

C: I think number 1, the industry is a lot of who you know, rather than being able to shine through outright talent, you know? And I think the people who have influence disregard a lot of bands who are really really good because of that. So, I think I’d want everyone to just have a fair shot.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

J: The Used – “In Love & Death”
C: Circa Survive – “The Amulet”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

J: Vinyls are cool, but a bit cumbersome. A bit hard to bring your gramophone in the car with you! Downloads are convenient, but there’s nothing like a CD, right? You get the awesome artworks with the liner notes inside, and you keep that massive folder of your CD collection in the car – super nostalgic.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

C: Well, due to the pandemic, and the fact Jesse and I live on different continents, we haven’t managed to play a live show as of yet! But, we’ve got some cool shows lined up for South Africa around October, so we’ll get back to you on that haha.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

J: I’d probably have spent more time learning about crypto and NFT’s and have retired as a billionaire by now… But, who needs money right!? Haha

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

J & C: Michael McIntyre, Freddie Mercury, Morgan Freeman (to narrate the whole thing), Anthony Bourdain, and Margot Robbie.

What’s next for the band?

C: Well we’ve dipped our toes with the release of the EP. The next thing is to start touring and getting our music out to as many ears as possible. We’re getting started with writing the next LP already, and we just want to hit the ground running with whatever momentum we may have!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Instagram – @waiting4april    

Tik Tok – @waiting4april

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

J: We’ve both never had one before (*audible gasps)… But we can say this. If they’re soft, they’re a cake. If they have ANY sort of crunch… It’s definitely a biscuit.
Fight me.  

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Likewise! Thanks so much for the interview. We had a blast answering.
Keep an eye out for updates on W4A, check out the EP on Spotify, Youtube Music or whatever platform you use, and hopefully we’ll be bringing you new stuff soon!

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EMQ’s With ANTHEMS OF GOMORRAH

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EMQ’s With ANTHEMS OF GOMORRAH

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with USA Melodic Black/ Death Metal project, Anthems Of Gomorrah. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

We are Anthems of Gomorrah. We play Black/Death Metal with a melodic sound. The band first started in the early 2000’s but split in 2012 before reactivating in 2022.

How did you come up with your band name?

It represents a parallel between modern society and that of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, destroyed by God for their vanity, excess, hedonism and sin.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from the Tampa Bay area in Florida. The metal scene here is thriving and it has decades of very important history

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our third album, “Aelvica II” will be released on August 15th. It’s our most dynamic work yet. We are very proud of it.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically? Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Belphegor, Zyklon, Limbonic Art, countless OSDM bands and black metal bands.
Non-musically? History, cultures, literature, fantasy etc…

What first got you into music?

The first time I heard Van Halen play a guitar solo, that was where it all started with music. For extreme metal, I discovered that in middle school. There was no looking back after that.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

We would love to work with Erik Rutan or anyone from Morbid Angel. MA is a huge influence for both of us.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Wacken, without a doubt. Most amazing Metal festival in the world.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Never received any gifts.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to pursue your passions.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Peter Steele. I miss Type O Negative so much.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy the freedom of creativity the most. What I hate about it is how an audience will base their expectations or opinion of your music based on someone or something else they have heard before. Every band has its own sound.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Artists deserve to be taken care of. Labels have killed the music industry and musicians are screwed over by them every day.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“In Abhorrence Dementia” by Limbonic Art.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

It really depends on your preference. People support physical format because it’s something that can accrue value. Others support digital because it’s convenient and not obsolete. There are countless arguments you could make for each side. I support digital because of the convenience but also because it’s easier for artists to release music on their own.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I haven’t played any shows since I was a teenager.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Probably a writer, maybe a teacher.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tomas Haake, David Vincent, Ihsahn, Henri Sorvali and Devin Townsend

What’s next for the band?

We are hard at work on several different projects. Some will release later this year, and some will release in 2023. Our third album “Aelvica II” releases in August and the Debasement record will release in September.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

You can follow us on Facebook, BandCamp, Instagram and my personal SoundCloud where I post solo material and clips from upcoming tracks.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/anthemsofgomorrah
Instagram: @anthemsofgomorrah
Bandcamp: www.bandcamp.com/anthemsofgomorrah
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/tucker-kilpatrick

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m going to say biscuit because I believe ‘biscuit’ is the UK equivalent of US ‘cookie’ and those things definitely look like cookies to me.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for this interview! Please continue to follow us. We have a lot of music to share and look forward to doing so with you all.

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EMQ’s With LILITH’S REVENGE

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EMQ’s With LILITH’S REVENGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Portuguese Rock/Metal band, Lilith’s Revenge. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hello, we’re Lilith’s Revenge!
Our music genre floats between Rock and Metal. We started the project back in the summer of 2020. Our lead singer is Paula Teles, the guitarists are Bruno Sousa and Paulo Silva, the bassist is Edu Silva, and Felipe Baptista has been working with us since April as our drummer, to replace our original drummer Joe, who left the band earlier in the year.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our lead singer, Paula, is the one behind the name. It’s actually a take on the idea that in some cultures, Lilith was Adam’s first wife in the Garden Of Eden, but was sent to hell for refusing to be submissive. Paula decided to use a lighter approach on the powerful “Lilith” character to represent our band, and our movement of fighting for gender equality, and fighting against oppression, physical, verbal and psychological abuse.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re from the Porto district in Portugal. Our local music scene floats between traditional Portuguese folklore music, or a really heavy underground. Our country is famous for bands like Moonspell and Attik Demons.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Last May we released our latest music video, alongside the album “Children From Eden”. It’s our first studio album featuring 11 original songs.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are many influencing the five of us, but from the top of our heads we can say Europe, Metallica, Guns n’ Roses, HEAT…

What first got you into music?

Our lead singer Paula got into music at an early age, learning to play the piano. She was very shy as a kid, so it was a way for her to open up to the world and become more sociable. Paulo’s dad was a musician in the local symphonic band, he played the clarinet and took little Paulo to rehearsals, and he developed a love for music back then. Bruno’s older brother also took on a big role in influencing Bruno by showing him Metallica when he was a kid, and being a guitarist himself, and Edu fell in love with the rock world as an escape, and when the chance appeared to feature in a band with Paulo and Bruno (a local project they had before Lilith’s, called Strings In Veins) he took it, and filled the empty position in the band as the bassist.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Each of us would probably say someone different, but it would be someone along the lines of Europe, Foreigner, Metallica and HEAT.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Probably from the top of our heads, it would be Rock Am Ring or Wacken. We grew up watching our favourite artists playing in both of these shows. One of Paulo’s and Edu’s favourite concerts is Dio live at Wacken.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

We’ve had a fan gifting us a little pin with our logo. It wasn’t exactly weird, but it was unexpected. It was nice to see someone took the time to create a little bit of “merch” to gift to us.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

It would definitely be a “thank you” kind of message. We’re so grateful. We’re just on the beginning of the road, and we already feel such loyal support from our fanbase. It’s more than we expected, and we couldn’t be happier, and we hope they stick with us all the way.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

We’re a bit divided between Cliff Burton and Ronnie James Dio, but probably considering we lost Cliff at such a young age and he had such a bright future and the world never got to see more of it, it would probably be him.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

We enjoy that we get to do this with friends, have fun and feel fulfilled while making some lives a bit better, considering we write songs meant to address issues that are relatable to everyone, and give them strength to fight and carry on. As of now we only hate how expensive it can all get (laughs). From trips to gear, to the studio! It’s a huge financial effort, but always feels worth it, because there’s probably not anything else we rather do.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Going back to the financial topic, it’s hard for artists to make money nowadays. There’s so much on offer, and we feel like people don’t take the time to sit down and properly listen to albums anymore, and end up just searching song radios with algorithm-mixed playlists from specific songs. We wished that somehow there was more financial funds to invest in more young artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

We can’t really pick (laughs). Bruno loves “Under a Godless Veil” by Draconian, and Edu loves “Ride The Lighting” by Metallica. Paulo with his classic rock influences would say “Frontiers” by Journey, and Paula would probably name “Rumours” from Fleetwood Mac.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

We all agree on Vinyl! It’s really classy, and since it’s not as common nowadays, having a vinyl version of an album feels even more special.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Probably “Female Front Festival” in Portalegre in the south region of our country. It was the concert we played the furthest from our home, it was a two days trip, we did some sightseeing, visited a waterfall to chill and relaxed before the show, and at the venue we found an awesome backstage, stage, and staff. It was really fun, and the crowd was really into it. It was definitely a great experience.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Considering Paula is a singing teacher, Edu teaches Bass, and Bruno teaches guitar, I think we would probably be music teachers (laughs).

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tarja, James Hetfield, Joey Tempest, Steve Harris and Corey Taylor.

What’s next for the band?

As of now we’re working on promoting on our latest release “Children From Eden” and we’re looking into signing with a label, and play more shows. We do plan to play abroad as soon as we have the chance. It’s something we all look forward too!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We shared our album for free on youtube, on our channel, so that would be one.
We also feature on music platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, etc

youtube channel: (51) lilithsrevengeband – YouTube

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They do go stale in a few days, so probably a cake? We’re not sure (laughs)

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Yes, we want to thank you for this interview, and we want to thank our fans, for being so supportive and being there all the time. Thank you.

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EMQ’s With SANDS OF ETERNITY

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EMQ’s With SANDS OF ETERNITY

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Greek Heavy/ Power Metal band, Sands Of Eternity. Huge thanks to their guitarist Ioannis and Vocalist Michael for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Ioannis: My name is Ioannis Ioakimides I play the guitar and I am the main composer of the band. Sands Of Eternity were originally formed as Hourglass Sands Of Eternity back in 1996 and split up after two demos and an album in 2002. Fast forward to 2021 I joined forces with singer Michael Dice and producer Bob Katsionis to record 10 brand new songs for our second album “Beyond The Realms Of Time” and also dropping “Hourglass” from the name of the band and keeping only “Sands Of Eternity”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Ioannis: The original name of the band came from an Hourglass we had as teenagers that inspired us to name the band after it, also appending “Sands Of Eternity” to make the name more unique. Now in 2021 when we decided to begin with the band again, we decided to drop “Hourglass” as we deemed it as too generic, but we kept “Sands Of Eternity”. That is the tie between the new and the old band and we like the way it resonates, and the way it related to the concepts of time and infinity.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Ioannis: We are from Athens, Greece. The Metal / Rock scene is quite mature in Greece with a lot of bands that are having a positive impact, especially in the area of heavy and power metal. Bands like Warrior Path, Stray Gods, Subfire, Sacred Outcry just to name a few.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Dice: Our latest release is the Album “Beyond The Realms Of Time” from Symmetric Records, released in May 6th 2022.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Ioannis: I would say that our musical influences are defined by the great bands of Classical Heavy/Power metal such as Warlord, Helloween, Stratovarius, Savatage, Kamelot and Judas Priest, while I personally like Iron Maiden very much, whose influence might not be so obvious in our compositions, but we borrow elements of their lyricism.

Dice: The approach to the vocals in terms of technique and performance are definitely influenced and defined by my favourite singers such as Geoff Tate, Ray Alder, Roy Khan, Eric Adams and Rob Halford.

What first got you into music?

Dice: I was introduced into the hard sound when I was a little kid in the 80s, when I first listened to Survivor’s “Burning Heart” during a national TV show. I was astonished by the vocals of Jimi Jameson. A few years later, Queensryche’s “Operation: Mindcrime” came to define me as a singer for years to come. Later on we started forming local bands with friends from school, I guess it was around ’95. The interesting part is that we used to write our own songs!

Ioannis: I started by playing piano at a very young age. Then, when I was a teenager, I started listening to heavy metal bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica and I was always fascinated by their music and their solos. So, at the time I brought my first electric guitar and started playing and quite soon I had formed my own band and also started writing songs for it. Writing songs, and especially Heavy Metal songs, is something that I’ve done for almost 30 years now, and I will most probably continue doing it for as long as I have the energy and motivation for that.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Ioannis: Collaborating with Warrior Path or Stray Gods, two very successful bands from the Greek Heavy Power scene would be great!

Dice: A dream of mine is to collaborate with Kamelot!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Ioannis: I think for this one I will choose Waken Open air festival.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Ioannis: During the era of Hourglass SOE, I received as a gift a painting of our first album cover artwork (“Journey To Infinity”), which is something that I still have and cherish.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Ioannis: That the metal scene is and will always be alive and that there are very promising new bands to listen and to follow.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Ioannis: Ronnie James Dio

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Ioannis: The thing that I enjoy most is the feeling of creativity especially as I am the main composer of the band. There are not many things that I hate about being a musician.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Ioannis: Less focus on money and more focus on the quality of the music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ioannis: “Painkiller” by Judas Priest.

Dice: “Rage For Order” by Queensryche.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

Ioannis: I will go with CD even though I am aware that in our industry both vinyls and cassettes are greatly appreciated as well.

Dice: Vinyls for me! I am a kind of a purist.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Ioannis: With the current line-up we have not played any gigs, as we are in the process of rehearsing for playing our material live. With the former line up back in 2002 the best gig we played was when we performed some of our songs to “AN Club” in Athens.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Ioannis: working in the Information Technology Industry

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ioannis: Gus G, Bob Katsionis,Rob Halford, Joey DeMaio, Adrian Smith.

Dice: I would go for the same plus Geoff Tate and Eric Adams.

What’s next for the band?

Ioannis: Rehearsing with our new line up to be ready for live performances

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Bandcamp: https://sandsofeternity.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SandsOfEternityOfficial
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RpUVkmV3NA
Instagram:  https://instagram.com/sands.of.eternity_official

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Ioannis: Before I googled it I thought they were biscuits. After I googled it, I realized they were indeed biscuits!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Dice: Thank you so much for the invitation, we are looking forward to hear your opinion about the album and see you all at our upcoming live shows.

Ioannis: First of all I want to thank you for this interview. I also want to point out that good music is and will always be out there as long as our ears are open to listen to it. Keep on rocking!

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EMQ’s With MORSROT

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EMQ’s With MORSROT

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Maltese Death Metallers, Morsrot. Huge thanks to them all for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Kieran: My name is Kieran Brannon, I sing and play the guitar for Morsrot, a band Gabriel and I started in January of 2021. We used to play in some Thrash band that never really went anywhere, so when it split up me and him decided to start something new. We brought in Jean on bass a month later and went through a shit ton of drummers that never really fit with us, until Alex joined a few months ago, although our demo “Carnal Enslavement” recorded with a drummer named Zain Gauci, who left shortly after. We also played our first gig, the Metal City Festival with him.

How did you come up with your band name?

Gabriel: I came up with it with the scope of making up our own word that sounded cool and meant something interesting but it’s up to you guys to figure it out for yourselves.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Jean: We are from Malta and the metal scene here is very tight-knit, everybody knows everybody, but the scene is very small. That fact has its pros and cons. It’s easy to get to know a lot of important people, but the opportunities you have here are limited.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Alex: Our demo “Carnal Enslavement”. Although I didn’t play on it, I can say that it is a great representation of who we are as musicians. Even though the style has evolved the music is still just as raw and brutal while still managing to stay melodic and ambient.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Kieran: We obviously have many Death Metal influences, with bands like Death (who got me into the style), Autopsy, Edge of Sanity and even smaller bands like Eucharist and Impiety. We also listen to fusion stuff like Chick Corea, Guthrie Govan, and John Coltrane to name a few artists. We all listen to a bunch of different stuff and naming everything would take up the whole page.

What first got you into music?

Gab: I have a relatively standard origin story when it comes to music, all credit goes to my dad and uncles listening to the greats like Sabbath and specifically Maiden. I remember falling asleep to that stuff as a kid and it just stuck.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Jean: As a bassist (caveman), I would personally absolutely love to do something with Marcus Miller, he has influenced the way I write my shit. I also absolutely love Steve DiGiorgio’s style of writing basslines with licks and other shit that I also do. I think it would be cool to be able to meet them someday.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Gab: If I had to pick one festival, I would probably pick PartySan. Their line-ups are always stacked with amazing bands. It would be great to play in front of such a large audience of people purely there to get drunk and listen to music.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Alex: We haven’t received any weird gifts from fans. Whoever our fans are they gotta step up their game.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Kieran: Pick up the bass guitar, practice hard enough so you can replace Jean.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Jean: I would bring back Chuck Schuldiner because he was a great songwriter and I love Death.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Alex: Putting in time and effort and then seeing the end product is my favourite part about being a musician, seeing hours of work pay off after a good gig or cool demo is the best feeling there is. My least favourite thing about being a musician is locking in with Jean and his shit timing!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Gab: The emphasis on shitting out as much money as possible and disregarding what music is all about. Music and art have become just another method of becoming filthy rich which I feel removes an element of what makes people so passionate about those things.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Kieran: There are so many to pick from, I love Death’s “Symbolic” as it was the literal first Death Metal album I listened to and still blows me away today. As big as it is, “The Wall” by Pink Floyd is a great listen and almost feels like pure entertainment and storytelling in a musical form. Those types of albums really stick out to me.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

Gab: Everyone in the band loves vinyl, Kieran and I recently started our collections and it’s more than worth it, not only for the audio quality but owning a physical copy of it with the art works, band pictures and lyric sheets is a great hobby to have. Not to mention it gives musicians something to sign.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Jean: We’ve only played two so far, but my favourite has to be our most recent, the anniversary of a bar in Haz Zebbug called The Garage because the other venue was a seated event and we sounded a lot better than the first overall, the crowd also absolutely lost their shit for us, which I appreciate.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Alex: Living a boring ass life lazing around all day. I honestly couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else, music is the only thing that really interests me.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Gab: Jesus and Steve-O from Jackass, there’s a conversation to be had there…

What’s next for the band?

Kieran: Well, there are the 2 obvious things, which are writing more material and playing live as much as possible. I love doing both of those things with my time. We’re also planning on recording a 6-track EP.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Jean: Right now we’re only on Facebook and Instagram, but we ‘ re definitely going to be moving to Spotify, Apple Music and all the other streaming services.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/morsrot/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/morsrot/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Gab: Fuck is a Jaffa Cake?

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Alex: Thank you for having us and thank you to everyone reading.

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EMQ’s With SKIDDERS

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EMQ’s With SKIDDERS

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with UK songwriter, producer, guitarist and solo artist, Skidders. Huge thanks to him for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Can I please first start by saying, rather than a band, I’m solo artist Steve Skidmore aka Skidders – songwriter, producer and guitarist/session guitarist. Born in Smethwick in the centre of England, within an area known as the Black Country due to steelworks, furnaces etc, during the Industrial Revolution.

Most of my live performances revolve around other projects and bands rather than my solo music, for reasons I explain below. For example, I gig regularly with my duo Bukechi, with the fabulous Sammi Roberts on vocals. I produce all my own material and play all instruments, apart from the human voice, which I am eminently rubbish at! So my compositions are 95% guitar instrumentals. On my three albums to date, I have not really limited my compositions to be “gig friendly”, hence me gigging mainly with other projects, as I call them. For example, the track “Masala Magic” from my first solo album, would need an Indian Bhangra band.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, my surname is Skidmore. Friends started calling me Skidders so, as there are quite a few Steve Skidmore’s about, I thought Skidders would be unique. It is nothing to do with the state of my underpants!

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

As I mentioned, the middle of England, UK. The Metal scene is healthy, but not as healthy as I’d like. However, we have brilliant bands like Conjurer, Blood Youth, Rolo Tomassi etc., “holding up the British end”, as Roger Moore playing James Bond said.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

So my latest album, “Friends & Family Vol. 2” was released only in May. I’m still busy promoting the album, which is my favourite of three to date. There are three videos for three of the tracks, one which has vocals, and two which were released as singles prior to album release. It is a very eclectic album with 13 electric and acoustic guitar instrumentals tracks and one song. I drafted-in the fantastic Andrew James for vocals on that one. Don’t think it’s all ‘pretty pretty’ guitar music. Take a listen to track one – ‘Aunty Bulgaria’. It’s a rock instrumental for which I was very proud of the end result. My Stratocaster sounded lovely on that track, thanks to Leo Fender! There’s also jazz, reggae, and even Celtic.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Bands that I have listened to, watched, and generally any music that has grabbed my attention. The Shadows were my first love in music, and you can hear in my music today, some “Shadows’esque” styles (e.g. “Ronnie Two Sheds” on my latest album). I do not try to imitate, but from absorbing different areas, it comes through naturally.

A string of other bands, including the likes of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, CCR, KT Tunstall and genres of blues, jazz, funk, etc have inspired me, and bleed through into my style. I might also hear backing tracks on films etc, and it could inspire me to do something of that genre.

What first got you into music?

I started writing quite late in my musical career, after years of playing guitar in various bands from the age of 14. I started an acoustic duo with my great friend, Sammi Robert née Houston, called Bukechi and we still perform today.

We played on BBC Introducing Coventry & Warwickshire and the then presenter was Vic Minett. We’d just finished an EP of covers and played a couple of tracks from it and Vic, who was interviewing us, asked when we were going to write our own material. At the time, we hadn’t thought of it, but Sammi had a few under her belt and we eventually released our album “Welcome To Suburbia”.

After that experience of writing with Sammi, I started writing myself and found it came to me naturally. So my first album, Skidderslectric, was released 2015. As I cannot sing, all tracks bar one was instrumental and were rock, blues and jazz instrumentals. I’ve just followed that on since with a further 2 albums of mostly guitar instrumentals, with both electric and acoustic guitar.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

As a session guitarist, I am recording on some tracks for a writer called Kylolus, who is putting a prog-rock album together. It’s great music and I’ll look forward to hearing the end result. Another musician who is helping Kylolus, is Cotswolds’ legend, Andrew James, who I already mentioned. I hope to do more music with Andrew, in fact he has a track he wants me to record some guitar on over the next few weeks.

If I could collaborate with absolutely anybody, that would be Eric Clapton. But let’s face it – that will never happen!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Glastonbury. It’s mega and internationally leads they way in festivals.

Whats the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I was playing some Seasick Steve blues on a cigar box on a small stage. Someone brought me a full bottle of wine, so I opened it and drank it all through my set. This is why I called myself Pissed up Steve. It all went down well through. I suppose that’s not weird, but it’s the best I’ve got that I can actually publish.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Please play my music! It’s on all streaming platforms! And do send me your thoughts on social media.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Hendrix.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love playing live and loud to an audience that are up for a good time. There’s no other buzz like it. But writing and listening to the end result of a composition is very gratifying. What I hate is whenever it means I have to be away from my family – I’m a bit of a ‘home bird’.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Ban Simon Cowell; replace him in the industry with Ozzie.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Pilgrim” by Eric Clapton. It was one of his first studio albums for a long time and the entire album was, for me, sheer perfection.

Whats best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

I went through a period when I was young, of getting rid of my vinyl and having my music on cassette. What an idiot I was! Objectively, CDs can be the best quality, because they can hold any format in the highest specification. Downloads could do the same but it would not be practical for the size of the files. Vinyl can sound warmer and of course, you’ve got the album cover to admire.

Downloads have taken over the world for all manner of obvious reasons. It’s what I now use almost exclusively, although I still have a record deck. I use my Mordaunt-Short hi-fi speakers as recording monitors – they are amazing.

Whats the best gig that you have played to date?

Most definitely, playing the Cavern in Liverpool – both stages. A little while on and Paul McCartney and Dave Gilmour were both on the same stage as I had played, only weeks earlier. Playing the Forum in Kentish Town was also fabulous – all the dry ice and a changing room of our own with a fridge full of Bud.

If you werent a musician, what else would you be doing?

I’m a qualified Mechanical Engineer, but let’s keep that quiet.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My wife, Eric Clapton, Billy Connolly, Jesus and Hitler.

Whats next for the band?

My fourth album will be geared towards playing live, rather than my previous albums. So it will be less “produced” and more cut down. I will start work on “Feckem Hall” later this year. I am also recording some guitar for a writer called Kylolus who is putting together a prog-rock album. It is very cool stuff and he has me doing some nice long guitar solos on quite a few of the tracks.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Pretty much all the available platforms. I’ve even opened a TikTok account, which I used to promote “Friends & Family Vol. 2“.

Web – https://www.skiddersmusic.com
Twitter – https://twitter.com/skiddersmusic
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/skiddersmusic
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/skiddersmusic
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/skiddersmusic
Soundcloud – https://www.soundcloud.com/skiddersmusic
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/4zqTExvjnWSFTP2vKXG83v
Apple Music – https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/skidders/259672296

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa Cakes – Jaffa Cakes! It’s a delicate balance and shouldn’t be messed with. This topic is taboo.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Do please take time to listen to my music on any of the streaming platforms. If you have a playlist, please add your favourite tracks and let me know on social media what you think. I would appreciate your opinions.

Finally, many thanks to Ever Metal for the opportunity of this interview and for all readers, keep safe!

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EMQ’s With SPLINTERED THRONE

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EMQ’s With SPLINTERED THRONE

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with USA Hard Rock/ Traditional Metal band, Splintered Throne. Huge thanks to Vocalist, Lisa Mann, and Guitarist, Jmo, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Lisa: I’m Lisa Mann, and I’m the vocalist and main lyricist.

Jmo: I’m Jason Moser, aka “Jmo,” I play guitar and write the majority of the music.  The band has been around since 2006.  Kris Holboke (drums) and I got here in about 2010.  That’s when the direction of the band morphed a little towards more of the traditional / heavy metal sound we have now.  With the addition of Lisa after one of our founding members left around COVID-time, and the addition of Matt Dorado on guitar after the previous guitar player left around COVID-start, we have ST version 3.5 and are ready to get the next chapter started. 

How did you come up with your band name?

Jmo: It was here when I got here. Something to do with D&D and something you don’t want to sit on in thin shorts.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Jmo: We hail from the great Pacific NW,  specifically, Portland, OR.  The scene Post-COVID is hopefully going to blossom back into something great.  There are not many original Hard Rock venues left and the market is oversaturated with tribute bands.  There is a thriving Rock scene here hoping to change that, though.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Lisa: We are releasing our first album as a female-fronted band on the 19th of August.  It’s a kickass Traditional Metal album titled The Greater Good of Man.  There’s three singles that we’ve been releasing prior to the album release, “The Reaper is Calling” (released 27 May), the Dio-inspired “Morning Star Rising” (24th June) and the title track “The Greater Good of Man” (8th July). And now the title track is released, our album pre-sale has started as well. 

Who have been your greatest influences?

Lisa: For me it’s all those loud, belting metal singers from the ’70s, ’80s, and beyond.  Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, and Ronnie James Dio, mainly, as well as King Diamond, Freddie Mercury, Eric Adams and the like.  Also a bit of Ann Wilson, of course.

Jmo: Anything with a good riff and a good hook, though my background is deeply rooted in early ’80s NWOBHM, Hard Rock/Metal and early Bay Area Thrash Metal.  On any given day though, you might find Yacht Rock to Ballyhoo in the play rotation. 

What first got you into music?

Lisa: I loved music as a child, I would sneak downstairs in the middle of the night and listen to the radio with my head right next to the speaker.  As a kid, I was really into KISS and had their posters all over my walls.  I thought Gene Simmons was so cool, breathing fire and spitting blood and singing and playing bass at the same time. Funny how I grew up to be a singing bass player.

Jmo: Wanting to meet girls. Then I started playing live and writing and then next thing I knew, it was all about the music.  Girls were a ‘bone-us’!!  Did I spell that right?! 😉 

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Lisa: I would like to work with Alex Skolnick, on either a metal or contemporary blues album. He is a nice guy, and a very three-dimensional musician.

Jmo: I am already collaborating with the preferred musicians. 

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Lisa: I would love to play Bloodstock, it’s a killer festival and I love the UK.  It’s held near the Peak District, one of my favorite places in the world.  There are oatcakes there waiting for me!

Jmo: Wacken Open Air.  It has been my dream to just go, let alone play there. 

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Lisa: A blues fan found an antique lamp that is shaped like a guitar, with strings on it. She hand-painted a bass clef on it and brought it to me at a gig.  I absolutely love it!

Jmo: A guy drew a picture of us while we were performing at a gig in Everett WA. It still hangs on the fridge in the studio. 

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Lisa: Just “thank you for listening!”  It means a lot when you put your heart and soul into creating music, and then people listen to it and give you positive feedback.  No feeling like it in the world.

Jmo: Thank you for your support and enjoying our tunes.  Without you, we are just 5 mopes in my garage writing what we like. The fact you like it too makes us all warm and fuzzy inside. 

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Lisa: Ronnie James Dio. 

Jmo: Randy Rhoads!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Lisa: I guess I most enjoy the creative aspect.  It’s wonderful when you can make something up out of thin air, record it, and then this amazing thing exists.  What I hate most is dealing with the legal aspects of being a working musician.  That often involves math.

Jmo: I love playing live, followed a close second by the writing and creative process.  I can do without the business side. Loathe it. 

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Lisa: It would be to make it more artist-centered, to give artists more control, and weed out the middlemen. 

Jmo: Better financial opportunities for artists.  As convenient as streaming is, .0006 cents a stream does not help get the next album, merch article, or tour very far. 

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Lisa: Dio – “Holy Diver”.  That should be on everyone’s top ten album list at least.  RJD with Vivian Campbell, Vinne Appice, and Jimmy Bain was a unique and untouchable combination.  And something magical was happening with the songwriting and studio process. 

Jmo: Iron Maiden – “Killers”.  Such a classic album from start to finish.  It’s one of those ones you put on and just let it go all the way through.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

Lisa: I still think CDs are best – you get high quality audio with full frequency range, plus the case with credits, photos, maybe lyrics, and maybe even the artist’s autograph.  But FLAC is a great format too.

Jmo: I like the Downloads for the access and portability to take and share music everywhere.  

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Lisa: As a blues artist, I’ve had so many amazing gigs. I really enjoyed playing Blues Now in Basel, Switzerland.  They really roll the red carpet out for artists.

Jmo: The one we did supporting Metal Church and Armored Saint was recently popping up in the FB feed.  That was a great night. Packed, and we made a ton of fans.  I also remember hearing someone tell another person “That’s how you write a rock song” with reference to our set.  That put a huge smile on my face. 

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Lisa: I would be pushing up daisies.

Jmo:  Same here!!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Lisa: Eddie Kramer, Klas Ahlund, Sylvia Massy, Rick Rubin, and I would bring Chris Tsangarides back to life. Can you imagine the stories??

Jmo: This is the 2nd time I’ve had this question and my answers will probably be different than the last time, just because I really could give it some thought! Gordon Ramsey so the food is good and if it’s not…look out!  Dave Atell because he is funny as heck.  Scott Ian because he tells great stories and has a great sense of humor.  Bill Burr because between he and Atell, they will have us roaring.  And last but not least, I would bring back Dimebag for all the reasons we miss him so much. 

What’s next for the band?

Lisa: We want to get “The Greater Good of Man” into every pair of ears possible!  And perform for them in person as well, far and wide.

Jmo: I second what Lisa has to say.  We need to get on that because I have already started writing for the next release!!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Lisa: Our website is www.splinteredthrone.com

You can also connect with us here:
www.splinteredthrone.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/splintered.throne
twitter.com/splinterdthrone
instagram.com/splintered_throne
youtube.com/splinteredthrone

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Lisa: I ate one once in the UK a long time ago.  They don’t have them here in the US.  I just remember not liking it, whatever it is!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Lisa: Just a huge thank you to you for your interest in the band, and a huge thank you to those reading this who are still hungry for Heavy Metal!

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EMQ’s with DELPHI RAVENS

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EMQ’s with DELPHI RAVENS

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with USA Alternative Rock band, Delphi Ravens. Huge thanks to their founder/ bassist /songwriter, Papa B, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

The band is called Delphi Ravens.  I am Papa B.™, I founded the band in late 2019 after a year of searching for and auditioning dozens of people. I was even wondering if I would ever get the right group together, but it happened. Then – COVID. UGH! So, we decided to totally focus on writing and recording original songs. By mid-2020 we had our first few songs written and recorded and started to release them in late 2020/early 2021.

Since then, we have written 15 tracks, the unreleased ones will be coming out each month starting in June 2022, through to the year end.

How did you come up with your band name?

I liked the raven image since I knew we would be writing a lot of ‘dark’ songs. Kira (vocalist) and I write all the songs. We both write lyrics and I write all the music, and Kira writes the melodies. We get input from the band as well when we present them a song.

Back to the name. I wanted to combine the idea of the 3-eyed raven who could see possible future events, like in Game of Thrones, with another idea of boundless knowledge. I thought the Greek Oracle at Delphi was the perfect fit. This was who all the great philosophers and scientists would go to for any kind of answer or knowledge they did not know. Delphi Ravens!

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from the west coast of the U.S. – the area called the Pacific Northwest, home of Grunge, with groups like Nirvana. Many great bands are from this area. Our area is not as large as the big cities like Seattle so there are few original music bands, tons of cover bands. But we travel if needed for the right venues.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest single is ‘Last Memories’ released a few weeks ago on Spotify. People can hear the unreleased song ‘Take My Hand’ on our ReverbNation account.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I listen to so many different genres that I can’t pick any one person or band. I listen to styles I don’t really like. Why? Because I believe you can get an idea or technique from all kinds of music. Sometimes I listen to classical pipe organ music from Bach or Handel for example. I can get an idea and translate it to our Alternative Rock style and make it work.

What first got you into music?

Always loved music but couldn’t sing so I was just a fan for a long time. Then I decided to just go for it (not the singing but playing). I was hooked and got even more hungry to write songs after I got my playing in decent shape.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

I have never been able to answer that question. Too many great ones to choose from, I guess. But Silversun Pickups comes to mind. Unique song structures and ideas always intrigue me. Finneas would be another.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Coachella for sure. Incredible venue with super artists and rabid fans. Gotta love it!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Pair of underwear. So, you ask yourself, I hope this was planned and not a spur of the moment kinda thing?

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Listen. Listen to the whole song. That’s it. People miss so much when they don’t focus and listen. There are so many nuances in songs of ours (and many artists) and usually only other artists acknowledge them.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

For me that is easy, bring back Freddie Mercury. Truly one of the best front persons ever and a brilliant song writer as well. One of a kind!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love it all, writing – recording – playing live but if I had to pick it would be playing live. Nothing like having people to share your music with. I hate that so many fabulous artists can’t make a living doing what they love and what they are great at. Especially when there are far less talented people making big money.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The lack of payment for streaming. Artists work very hard to create good music and all the money goes elsewhere.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Dark Side of the Moon” – Pink Floyd. One of the most creative albums ever made. Ask me next week and I would probably pick another…many great albums.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

Depends on when you were born. I like the rebirth of vinyl, but downloads are where it is at with most people today. Only problem is you don’t get paid for downloads …really. $40 for 10,000 streams is not pay, it’s grand theft.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

A private one actually. People were so involved and not one person left even when we ended… they all wanted to meet us and talk about our music.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Probably nothing. Sounds strange but I did a lot of things I wanted when I was young and came to music later. Now it’s all I want to do.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That’s crazy tough to answer. I will pick amongst the living artists and avoid anyone outside of music. So, one legend, Elton John (great performer & great songwriter), Drake, Adele, Ed Sheeran, and Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots). Very diverse group but all at the top of their game.

What’s next for the band?

Continue to write and record. Live gigs starting end of summer and on. EP out later this year and first album in 2023…. Who knows after that?

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We use Facebook, ReverbNation, Soundcloud, Instagram and Twitter (a little).

Our website is our name – DelphiRavens.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake as proven in court. Little cakes that people mistake for biscuits…and chocolate on them, yummmmm! People in the states would call them cookies.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Everyone should check out a couple of our songs…at least. If you like them then connect with us on your favourite social media.

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EMQ’s with PROCESSOR

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EMQ’s with PROCESSOR

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Swedish Industrial Metal/ Rock project, Processor. Huge thanks to main man Johan Isaksson for taking part.  

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Johan Isaksson and I am the one called Processor. I produce Industrial Metal and Indie Rock music both to my artist name and for others. I’m really a keyboard dude, but I distort everything I touch so that’s how it became Rock/Metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

You might think that the band name comes from a Processor in a computer but that’s not the story. I saw a wood processor harvesting forest and I thought that would be a cool name, so the absolute first pictures of Processor was taken with logs. (lost now). After that it was just Processor (and I know that it is not google friendly) 😉

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I’m from middle Sweden, and some bands that are close by where I live are The Hives, Millencolin,   and Truckfighters.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Radiohead/Ennio Morricone

What first got you into music?

Movies I guess. “Escape from New York”.  John Carpenter made a great movie score that just made me want me to do the same.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Health or Mick Gordon

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

100 Swedish kronor back in 1998 in an envelope with the message “send me some music to this address”. It was before the Internet and really nobody knew I existed. Really odd but I burned down some music for the dude and posted it.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

You only have one life – do what you feel and you will not regret it!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Freddie Wadling

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Being creative is the most enjoyable thing to be.

The thing I hate is that I have a daytime job, so I can’t put that extra effort to do the best mix in the world.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The royalties should go up so a decent studio dude like me can make a living.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“OK Computer” by Radiohead

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

Downloads is the best for getting the right foldback for the music.
CDs are naturally equal but messy, I think.
Vinyl is a way of life not quality… vinyl is like an efx band compression on the mix – not natural but I get that people like it.
Cassettes that’s just too much band compression and bad noise.
I prefer Downloads or streams
😊

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

A poet. Or something creative

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Peter Gabriel, Ossy Osbourne, Dave Ghan, John Carpenter and Mick Gordon

What’s next for the band?

New music coming up July 14

https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/modestybeastandprocessor/stand

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063518838328

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit for sure!!!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for having me!

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